Because of the flexibility a WiFi connection offers, we no longer need to connect an Ethernet cable to access the Internet. Being connected to WiFi gives us the freedom to move anywhere freely while always being connected. We can keep playing games on our phones or freely walk around the house with our laptop without worrying about dragging the Ethernet cable along.
But what if you want to connect a new laptop you bought? Or what if guests at your home ask for the WiFi password? Sadly, forgetting a WiFi password is not unusual. It happens to the majority of us. Some people have it written down while others rely on their memory. However, finding a WiFi password sometimes becomes a riddle. But, don’t worry, below are three easy methods on how to find WIFI password on windows 10 computer!
Option #1: With The Windows Settings
There are two ways to look up a WiFi password using the Windows Settings. First, make sure that your laptop is connected to the WiFi device of which you are finding the password.
1. Move the cursor to the bottom-right of your Windows 10 desktop screen.
2. Now, right-click on the Wi-Fi signal icon.
3. Two options will be visible after the right-click. Select Open Network and Internet Settings.
4. Next, the Settings window will appear. Select the WiFi option.
5. The WiFi Settings screen will be displayed. Find the Network and Sharing Center option on the right menu, and left-click on it. Network and Sharing Center window will open next.
6. Hover the cursor over your active WiFi network. Click to open the WiFi Status window.
7. In the WiFi Status window, select Wireless Properties
8. In the Wireless Network Properties window, select the ‘Security tab.
9. In the Security tab, select Show characters. Now, your WiFi password will be unmasked in the Network Security Key box.
1. In the Windows 10 search bar, type WiFi Settings and select Change WiFi settings from the menu. Note: For Windows 10 Home users it says WiFi settings instead.
2. Follow the same steps #5 – #8 as in Method 1 above.
Option #2: With The Command Line Tool
Another way to find your Wi-Fi password is via the command-line tool.
- Go to the search bar on the left side of the taskbar at the bottom of your desktop screen (Or just start typing in the Start Menu). Type cmd and select the Command Prompt option from the menu.
2. In the Command Prompt, type netsh wlan show profile and hit Enter
3. Now a list of all the Wi-Fi network profiles that you have ever connected to is displayed.
4. To know the password of your particular network, run the following command netsh wlan show profile name=profilename key=clear, where you will have to replace profilename with your network name. For example, in the image below it is Redmi.
So, the command to know the WiFi password of network profile named Redmi will be:
netsh wlan show profile name=Redmi key=clear
5. Finally, scroll down the cmd screen to find the word Key Content. The text string on the right of it is your WiFi password.
Similarly, you can retrieve the password of any network your device has been connected to. Just replace the profile name in step #4 with the network profile name of your choosing.
Option #3: A WiFi Password Program
The third way to recover your WiFi passwords is by using the Magical Jelly Bean key finder tool. Magical Jelly Bean is a freeware program that lets you find all the saved Wi-Fi passwords in seconds.
- To use the above tool type the following in your browser: https://www.magicaljellybean.com/Wi-Fi-password-revealer
- When the page is opened, click the Download button. It will take only a few seconds to download over a decent Internet connection.
- When the Magical Jelly Bean tool has been downloaded, go to the Downloads folder to locate its setup/exe file. Left-click on the setup file, and select the option of Run the setup as an administrator.
- The Select Setup Language dialog box will appear. Select your language and click OK.
- Select I accept the agreement at the bottom of the Setup and click Next to continue the installation.
- After clicking the Next button, the Select Destination Location window will appear to ask you where you want the tool installed. You can either use the default location of C:\Program folder or you can click the Browse button to choose another destination. Click Next to continue.
- In the Select Additional Tasks window, choose whether or not you want to add additional shortcuts and click Next to continue.
- In the Ready to Install window click on the Install button to start the installation process.
- Once the installation has completed, the Completing the WiFi password Revealer Setup wizard will appear. Select Launch WiFi Password Revealer and click Finish. Now, a window will appear asking you to select Allow This App to Access Your Device. Grant access to the tool and click Next to launch the Magical Jelly Bean password finder.
- Finally, a screen will appear with a list of WiFi passwords for all the networks your device has ever connected to.
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